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Confusion with steprelatives

mikehardy

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Hi All,

In my research I have discovered a great grandfather who remarried after his first wife died. His second wife brought with her 10 children by her late spouse, are these children 'stepchildren'?

Would the descendants of these 'stepchildren' have inheritance rights under the intestacy rules?

Any comments would be much appreciated.

Mike.
 

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Step children, yes. As far as inhertance goes, they have no claim, unless they are mentioned in a Will. His wife may have a claim in her own right, and he from her.

What sort of time period are you investigating.?

'If you and your partner are married that means that you can each inherit a certain amount from each other under the intestacy rules, but that does not include your stepchildren. Only a spouse, a blood relative, or an adopted child can inherit automatically from someone who died without leaving a will'.



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Thank you Steve,

Time period 1890's.

Half 1st cousin 1x removed died intestate, I am trying to establish who are the beneficiaries. I don't think these descendants have any inheritance rights.

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Thank you Steve,

Time period 1890's.

Half 1st cousin 1x removed died intestate, I am trying to establish who are the beneficiaries. I don't think these descendants have any inheritance rights.

Mike.
I'm not 100% sure, but full blood and adopted relatives have full claim over half blood relatives. If no full blood, then half blood can claim.

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Would these 10 stepsiblings be classed as half-blood siblings

Mike.
Yes. They would be half blood siblings to any children born later to their mother and stepfather. They are no relation to any children of their stepfather from his first marriage.
They would be step brothers and sisters. Not cousins, nor any other family terminology. They would possibly be known as cousins, as a 'familiar'(in close friendship).

Therefore, children born to mother and step father are full blood to inherit

If the father had children with his first wife, they will be full blood, as would children born to his second wife and himself.

So in short......only children from the father would legally inherit,(or make claim ), from both his wives.

If the stepfather leaves money to his wife, she can share that with her own 10 children. But they had no claim on anything else from the stepfathers estate, unless stipulated in the stepfathers Will.


This is quite confusing, isn't it.:2fun:


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Hi Steve,

Thank you for that reply, it is very confusing as the 'half blood' has no relationship to the actual blood in the artery.

So if the mother of the 10 children had a child with their stepfather, and a descendant of this child died intestate then descendants of these 10 children would have inheritance rights? Is my thinking OK!!

So confusing, and thank you for shining the light!!

Mike.
 

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